SBP Blog

Tracy Franz on her new book and continuing Zen practice

Michael Palmer - Monday, June 04, 2018

Tracy Franz's new book My Year of Dirt and Water is making waves. Check out her interview with Sumeru Press on her book and her continued life in Zen practice. Read More

Foreword Reviews on 'My Year of Dirt and Water: Journal of a Zen Monk's Wife in Japan' by Tracy Franz

Thomas Joel - Friday, May 04, 2018

Our good friends at Foreword Reviews just wrote an illuminating book review of one of our upcoming titles, My Year of Dirt and Water by Tracy Franz, a memoir that "offers the singular pleasure of a story that obscures but is not obscured." Read the full review below.  Read More

Walk Japan CEO Paul Christie on 'Amy's Guide to Best Behavior in Japan: Do It Right and Be Polite!'

Thomas Joel - Tuesday, May 01, 2018

As the CEO of Walk Japan, Paul Christie is a pioneer of small group tours venturing deep into Japanese society and culture. He recently had some kind words to say about one of our upcoming titles, 'Amy's Guide to Best Behavior in Japan: Do It Right and Be Polite!'
 Read More

The Japanese Poetic Tradition of Haibun in Basho's 'Narrow Road to the Interior'

Thomas Joel - Friday, April 27, 2018

Although his name has become synonymous with haiku mastery, Edo era poet Matsuo Bashō’s exalted status in Japanese literature is equally indebted to the prose compositions he wrote throughout his lifetime. However, poetry and prose were not mutually exclusive for Bashō, with some of his finest work dabbling in and fusing both forms of written expression. Read More

Renowned translator Cathy Hirano on 'Amy's Guide to Best Behavior in Japan: Do It Right and Be Polite!'

Thomas Joel - Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Cathy Hirano, translator of Nohoku Uehashi's The Beast Player and Marie Kondo’s best-selling The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, "highly recommend[s]" Amy Chavez's new book Amy's Guide to Best Behavior in Japan: Do It Right and Be Polite!, "not just to avoid making mistakes while in Japan but also to enjoy this intriguing side of its culture and people.” Read More

Like our blog? Please share it!


Subscribe to the SBP Mailing List

New Releases

Amy’s Guide to Best Behavior in Japan

Going to Japan? This unfussy modern guide guarantees you keep it polite and get it right!

Easy and Fun Katakana

Learn the second key Japanese syllabary from every angle: reading, writing, and real-world examples.

Exploring Kyoto

This revised and updated edition of the Japan travel classic and cultural guide gets you wandering from downtown quarters to remote mountaintop temples and features expanded information on new museums and gardens now open year-round for viewing.

The Fourth String

Two women. Two cultures. One music.

Tag Cloud

Alexandra Johnson japanese instruments william f sibley foreword reviews journal astrology interfaith UCLA japan today ningen shikkaku catcher in the rye four immigrants washington dc best behavior in japan Basho's Narrow Road japan book award lesley university shamisen osamu tezuka literary review jun hazuki kansuke naka musical kinokuniya event buddhist center of east asian studies green tea book tour benjamin franklin awards hippocampus magazine china history verticle hiroaki sato WWII japan travel american shamisen polite journal of a zen monk's wife student teacher japanese classic The Colorado Review ibpa publishing university book review Interview benjamin franklin award the fourth string a memoir of sensei and me classic gaijinpot welton gaddy Coming of Age Day japan culture holocaust learning shamisen etiquette Children's Books japan trip understandind china through comics ancient symbol comics how to travel in japan disney japanese instrument japanese craft brad hawley japanese travel donald keene gallery awa travel Japan henry kiyama hitler dazai manners kyoto drinking in japan podcast Travel fantasy literature leonard koren pottery zen monk the millions osaka learning in japan tracy franz kyodo news awards traditional japanese instrumenet japanese etiquette alan brill amys guide to best behavior in japan Basho Japanese art tourist peace nara manji black jack michael emmerich nichi bei weekly, naomi hirarahara finalist Second World War diary world literature today sensei the japan times Year of the Dog foreword indies non-fiction book reading Chinese history Chinese New Year stone bridge cafe World War II Okinawan literature books expat lions roar new york events memoir japanese drunk new books traditional japanese instrument book frederik schodt the fourth string AAS evil zazen author tour blurb Korea photography book publicity jing liu living in japan purification World War Two haibun Spirituality Korea new release memoir writing announcement janet pocrobba osamu dazai japanese eating in japan monk wife manga seppuku haiku book award amy chavez what do in japan japan vacation a shameful life suicide japanese cutlure photography sensei and me why we write podcast buddhist priest hooked cross Japanese holidays 1960's Japan amys guide to bes tbehavior in japan fred schodt bowing in japan jared cook Poetry my year of dirt and water Tokyo Olympics literature Shoah dark horse performance book signing min kahng the japan society stone bridge press japan food Chinese culture chinese comics japanese book classic japanese literature japan restaurant memior foreigner in japan ritual wife internment mark gibeau Ukiyo-e buddhism Chinese Astrology a memoir gaijin pot in the woods of memory asia PEN AWARD japanese culture new york Art/Design otakuusa Japan takuma sminkey behavior japanese books janet pocorobba how to astro boy matcha diy mfa Asian Studies japan memoir diymfa japan custom giajin buddhist symbols IBPA visitor traditional Translation japan guide monk zen Christianity graphic novels japan books hate VIZ forewrod reviews indies shaimsen Christianity in Japan danica davidson tokyo journal of a zen monks wife in japan illustration eastern and western philosophy holden caufield Chiune Sugihara japanese bath japan behavior publicity travel to japan bookstore literary prize juddhism religion comic history China alan moore buddhist swastika japanese books in english review book talk publishing Culture memoir, tracy franz, zen monk, buddhist the hidden writer ancient symbols monks wife 2019 huffington post anime tk nakagaki rachel manley Japanese aesthetics the silver spoon poetry of consciousness Anime/Manga/Comics author signing event will eisner no longer human how to order in japan Language author event 2020 Olympics hitlers cross japanese customs Nikolas Bunton ex pat literature writing damian flanagan politics and prose shamisen performance suehiro maruo book hoarding japan etiquette shun medoruma state of belief koun t.k. nakagaki huffpost author nazi asian review of books tea manga biography gratitude in japan journal' monks wife 1960s Korea Spring Festival walt disney yukio mishima tricycle magazine university of chicago Children's Literature Olympics guide History swastika reviews the buddhist swastika japanese people book blurb Japanese literature tea garden